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Published April 06, 2010, 10:09 PM

GF Public Schools Address Online Bullying

It's an issue that's getting national attention...bullying. With kids using technology more and more, there's more media available for bullying.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

It's an issue that's getting national attention...bullying. With kids using technology more and more, there's more media available for bullying.

Tonight the Grand Forks Police Department and the school district held an informational meeting for parents. They say it's important to educate them, since they're often the ones who put technology in kids' hands.

Although those who work at the schools say bullying is not at a critical point right now, it is a problem they say they are seeing more and more of. They say they are seeing an increase in bullying via text message. They say bullying has moved beyond instant messages and emails to Facebook. Tonight they told parents what they can do to protect their kids and to help prevent online bullying.

"I certainly think we would be naïve to think that bullying doesn't happen, whether it's traditional bullying, non technology-based bullying, or technology-based bullying," said Darin King, Director of Technology.

"Stuff on Facebook - starting hate sites about teachers or other kids, and having groups that people can join," said Middle School Resource Officer Sue Shirek.

King says the single best thing parents can do to protect their kids is to have kids use the computer in a "public" area of the house.

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